How to Spend Your Money Wisely to Improve Your Home
Results of the American Housing Survey, shown in the graphic above, illustrate many opportunities to have improved the ability of homes throughout the United States to perform better in disaster conditions, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). How many of those were missed opportunities? When it’s your turn to rebuild, repair or even re-roof your home, choose wisely. The choices you make now can secure your future and better protect your family for many years ahead.
Here are some examples of smart choices, according to IBHS.
The survey shows there were 606,000 opportunities to strengthen homes following damage by tornadoes and hurricanes between 2009-2011. This means money was being spent to help individuals and communities recover. The question is, how will the choices they made affect their lives and livelihoods following the next disaster.
Opportunity to Build it Better:
IBHS has the following advice for making smarter choices when rebuilding after a disaster. Ask your contractor to strap the roof to the walls, the walls to the foundation and to connect inter-story walls of your house. It will add about 2 percent to the overall cost. This technique creates a line of protection against high winds and can improve the ability of a house to stand up to hurricane conditions and perform much better on the outer edges of tornadoes.
The survey shows $43.7 billion was spent on roofing between 2009-2011. Knowing what steps to take to create a safer, stronger roof makes you a more educated consumer, protects your investment in a new roof and will help keep that roof over your head if disaster strikes.
Opportunity to Re-Roof the Right Way:
IBHS wants you to know for less than $1,000, you can strengthen the roof of an average 2,000-square-foot house when replacing the roof. This cost covers re-nailing the roof deck with 8d ring shank nails for better attachment and sealing the roof deck to keep water out of the attic if the roof cover blows off. Visit the IBHS Roof Resources Page to get all of the details and then talk with your roofer about what you need in a new roof.
© 2012 Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety